Brisbane: Star batsman Rohit Sharma (124) slammed his second consecutive ton to guide India to a challenging 308/8 in 50 overs against Australia in the second game of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Gabba here on Friday.
Rohit smashed 11 boundaries and three sixes in his 127-ball knock as he brought up his 10th ODI century and the fourth in Australia against the hosts in style. After his unbeaten 171 in the first ODI, the Mumbai batsman notched up his second century of the series to steer India to a comfortable position. He was well supported at the other end by Ajinkya Rahane (89) and Virat Kohli (59). En route his 124-run knock, Rohit entered his name in the record books by becoming the third batsman to score back-to-back tons against Australia after England’s Graeme Hick and India's V.V.S. Laxman. It is also the top score by an Indian opener at the Gabba, going past Sachin Tendulkar's 91 in March, 2008. James Faulkner (2/64), Joel Paris (1/40), John Hastings (1/46) and Scott Boland (1/64) were the pick of the bowlers for Australia. IANS